Here is an example of a Professional Athletes Salary. Kevin Garnett is a 21 year old Basketball player who had taken the A.C.T test three times in High School, failing all three times and had also taken the S.A.T Test once and failed. Kevin decided that he would not go to a collage even though he was the highly recruited #1 basketball player in the nation, and could have had a scholarship to any collage he wanted. So his decision took him to the NBA draft, where he was selected in the first round to the Minnesota Timberwolves.The Timberwolves signed him to a 6 year $125 Million dollar contract to play for them. (Tom Lenard-Opinion columist)
Every year we hear of some new name, some new player in the sports news getting a new record contract which sets a much higher mark and blows away the high from the year before. So we ask whos fault is this that theses men and women are getting paid more and more? Most fingers point our way, the peoples way, the fans way. We are the ones that go to these sporting events pay $50 dollars for a ticket, pay a $100 dollars for a jacket, and $20 dollars for a cap of our favorite teams. We are the ones who support these teams and the players. The reason ticket prices keep going up is because money is needed to pay all of our great players. It doesnt help that they know that we will pay these ticket prices no matter how ridiculous they start charging.
Michael Jordan makes 33 million a year plus another 40 million in endorsements. Just because our favorite Athlete wears this brand of underwear and our favorite Athlete eats this brand of a hot dog, should we? Should go out and pay these outrageous prices just for an ordinary product? Mr. Jordan makes $170 Thousand dollars a day!(ESPN.com no page) Considering our President of the United States of America only makes $250 Thousand dollars a year , whats does this tell you about our Country that we think that a person that plays a game for a living should be making more than the person that makes some major decisions concerning America?
When players get paid this much it puts more pressure on them to perform. When players are not making so much, they are actually working for money , but when they sign a new Million-dollar contract Underachieving Millionaires (Gary Horton-ESPN.com no page). A big payday is a good thing for the person and his family, but might not always be good for the locker room and the Organization writing the checks. When you see a million dollar Running Back and a hundred thousand dollar lead blocker you can see where the problems start.They players will start playing worse if they are unsatisfied with their current contract and the guy who plays with makes way more than you they start thinking about how much their worth. Professional Athletes are making too much money in a society thats salaries and wages are traditionally based on the values of ones work(Jon Shepard-ESPN.com)
Professional Athletes are constantly getting in trouble with the law.The players have all this money they are going to go out and spend it and have fun with it.You can turn to the Sports page and read about Rae Carrot a Wide Receiver for the Carolina Panthers in the NFL going to court for murdering his wife, Michael Irvin or Darryl Strawberry once again getting busted for possession of Cocaine and Marijuana or the crazed out lunatic Dennis Rodman kicking a cameraman in the groin.Whethar its Drug violation or Sexual Assault, it seems that the money is making these players behave badly . If we pay these players millions of dollars to entertain us, then it would be great if the could stay out of jail long enough so that the us the fans can see them play, but most of them end up getting out of prison and found not guilty of the crime because of who they are how much they are worth and how powerful they are.
Professional athletes are getting paid millions for just games that are supposed to be fun I mean come on we all play and played them when we were kids and we enjoyed it for the fun of the game and the fun of the sport and the fun we had with the people we played them with.
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